Blue Dragons, Junior Maroons keep semis hopes alive in PCABL Jumbo Cup

REIGNING titlist Chiang Kai Shek College and University of the Philippines-Integrated School kept their semis bids alive by downing their respective rivals in the 2nd PCABL Jumbo Plastic Linoleum Cup held over the weekend at the Philippine Buddhacare Academy gym in Quezon City.

Putting their crushing 86-67 defeat to league-leading National University last week behind, the Blue Dragons routed the Letran-B Squires, 98-45, to grab solo fourth in the nine-team tournament with a 3-2 card.

The Junior Maroons, on the other hand, got 24 points from Allane Barles to trounce the University of the East Baby Warriors, 105-88, and improve their win-loss record to 2-3.

Barles also had eight boards and four assists to clinch another Jumbo Plastic Player of the game award in the tournament also sponsored by Smart Telecom, Advance Solutions Inc., Hapee Toothpaste, Fed Seal, Powerhouse, CW Home Depot and Powerbest Marketing.

In the other game, early semifinalist National University bolstered its bid for a twice-to-beat advantage in the semis with an 85-56 drubbing of Hope Christian High School.

The win was the sixth straight for NU, which now only need to claim one of its last two remaining matches to bag the No. 1 seeding in the semis.

Martin Galinato, who emerged as Player of the Game, led four CKSC players in double figures with 16 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the 2-point area.

John Clemente and Justin Baltazar led NU’s assault once again by scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.

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